The World's Most Beautiful Locations That Inspire Romance

14 February 2014

Travel and romance go hand in hand. Whether you’re falling in love with new places and people, or enjoying a blissful holiday with your partner, there is no doubt that escaping the routine of daily life is a great way to bring out your inner romantic.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, we’ve selected eight of the most beautiful destinations in the world that are guaranteed to inspire romance.

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Tuscany, Italy

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Italy is blessed with dozens of stunning locales from Rome to Venice and beyond, but magical Tuscany takes the cake. Feast your eyes on the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence, before drinking in the picture-perfect landscapes of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves that lie outside the city walls.

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Kyoto, Japan

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Few places in the world are as romantic as Kyoto in spring. For a few weeks each year, the city’s ancient laneways, parks and temples explode with soft pink and white blooms. Follow the locals’ lead and enjoy an intimate picnic with that special someone beneath the trees – it’s the perfect way to embrace the beauty and romance of Kyoto.

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Petra, Jordan

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Also known as the ‘Pink City’, Petra is a breathtaking complex of tombs and palaces carved from a sheer face of rose-coloured sandstone. This UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to 1200 BC and is most spectacular at dusk, when the ancient city glows with the light from thousands of candles.
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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For an island honeymoon destination, you can’t go past the eco-wonderland of Fernando de Noronha. This remote volcanic archipelago off the coast of Brazil is a tropical paradise of pristine beaches, dramatic emerald peaks, and clear turquoise waters with an incredible diversity of underwater life.

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Masai Mara, Kenya

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Take a safari through the wide plains of the Masai Mara to see a staggering diversity of exotic creatures, from lions to zebras, rhinos and vast herds of wildebeest – not to mention the most dramatic sunsets in the world. It’s a place of extraordinary beauty that inspires a romantic sense of wonder in our planet.

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Paris, France

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The city of love has its own special kind of beauty tailor-made for romantics. From the glittering lights of the Champs-Élysées and Eiffel Tower to the city’s manicured gardens, Renaissance palaces, and priceless art museums, Paris offers a sumptuous visual feast that will make you say ‘je t’aime’.

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Niagara Falls, Canada and the United States

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Whether you admire the Bridal Veil and Rainbow Falls of the American side, or the Horseshoe Falls of Canada, Niagara Falls is a truly mesmerising sight that is sure to inspire amour. Visit in autumn to witness the magnificent transformation of the surrounding forests into a blanket of reds and yellows.
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The Whitsundays, Australia

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Whitehaven Beach, located on the largest of Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The pristine white silica sand and turquoise waters make Whitehaven the perfect place to reconnect with your beloved.

Madeleine Lipson

Madeleine has traveled extensively through Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. You might find her climbing a volcano, wandering through an art gallery, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, or lazing under a palm tree with a good book.